Grand Canyon Wolf That Made Epic Journey Shot Dead in Utah
A local hunter said he mistook Echo, a female gray wolf from Wyoming, for a coyote.
The famed gray wolf that had traveled to the Grand Canyon from the Northern Rockies late last year is officially dead.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed yesterday that the wolf, whose astonishing trek made national headlines, was shot near Beaver, Utah, by a local hunter who allegedly mistook it for a coyote.
Genetic tests conducted at the University of Idaho found that the DNA sample taken from the wolf killed on December 28 was identical to the DNA in scat samples taken from Echo, the name given to the Grand Canyon wolf following a worldwide naming contest among schoolchildren. (See our gray wolf pictures.)
The Fish and Wildlife Service revealed for the first time this week that